Randal Lowe completed the under slab plumbing phase this week, making the completion of the Atlanta Green House one step closer. With this necessary foundation accomplished, builders can now look forward to the next exciting phase that help will make this house a role model for all other homes in Georgia. The Green House is being built by Brock Built and several other Atlanta volunteers in order to showcase the new “green standards” and will be auctioned off sometime in October. All proceeds will go to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. Although this is an important donation to a great cause, the real gift is a look into the future of green building standards that could help to make our world more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. All eyes are on the Green House and this exciting Atlanta project.
Green is the Buzz from recycling to fuel efficient cars, and Atlanta’s largest intown homebuilder Brock Built is on the leading edge of green building with Going Green – The Green House. This environmentally responsible demonstration home will showcase sustainable design features attainable by the typical Atlanta family.
WSB-TV and Brock Built recently held the project kick off for Going Green – The Green House. This environmentally sensitive home is being constructed at the West Highlands Community (1536 Craftsman Road, Atlanta, GA 30318).
Brock Built, its vendors and suppliers are donating their time and services to build this Continue reading
Going green in your home is not only great for the environment, but it also saves you money. In fact, green remodeling can make such a major difference in your monthly bills, that it almost pays for itself immediately! The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers is focusing on how much money you can actually save by making a few simple changes this month. With rising energy costs, quick fixes like replacing your faucets or installing more energy efficient windows can save you money on your utility bills. In fact, green remodeling your windows can make your home more than three times energy efficient! If you want to take a bigger step towards having a green home, replace your appliances with ENERGY STAR appliances. By replacing your old appliances, you can use 10-50 percent less energy and save over 11,000 gallons of water a year. A new programmable thermostat can automatically turn off your heating and cooling equipment to match your schedule and make your home more comfortable without wasting excess energy (and money). These units typically cost between $40 and $100 but can cut your bill by 15%. Remodelers today are becoming more knowledgeable about new green options and can help you take the steps to improve your home and decrease your bill.
The city of Los Angeles has just broken records by becoming the largest city in the United State to adopt a mandatory sustainability program. An article on Multi-Housing news reports that the legislatures of Los Angeles’ City Council voted to require new developments over 50,000 square feet to be 15% more energy efficient over current California code standards. Apparently they were feeling especially pro-environment this year on Earth Day was the day that they unanimously voted in favor of the sustainable initiative. This is a huge step in the right direction in the city’s Green Building Program, and hopefully they will set the example for the other big cities in the nation. Once the new ordinance takes effect, which is sometime in November, the city’s carbon emissions will be reduced by more than 80,000 metric tons annually – to give you a better picture, this is the equivalent of removing 15,000 cars off of the road every year! Way to go L.A.!
Monte Hewett Homes has named Chuck Delp as project manager of Hewett Custom Builders. Delp is an experienced builder and real estate agent who has spent the last 17 years building new homes in metro Atlanta. Throughout those 17 years Delp has earned numerous OBIE awards from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Delp is customer service oriented which should blend nicely with Hewett Custom Builders since it is all about the customer. His combination of building and selling experience will give homebuyers guidance from a person who understands the entire process instead of guidance from multiple experts. Continue reading